A cage fighter with prior convictions for manslaughter and other serious offences has been jailed for eight years after launching a terrifying attack on his girlfriend, 24, before turning on her two 13-year-old daughters who he punched and strangled at their County Durham home in September
Thug Liam Hall, 33, punched, kicked and choked the girls at his lover’s home in Chilton, County Durham, in September.
The court heard how the 20 stone and 6ft4in-tall MMA fighter became enraged over losing his wallet after he’d been drinking and taking drugs.
The brute then flew into a terrifying and prolonged assault on his 24-year-old girlfriend, whose two young teen daughters were upstairs.
He left the woman with “horrific facial injuries” before he calmly walked out of the blood-spattered house, a court heard.
Hall had a previous conviction for manslaughter after killing a man in a pub brawl and had only been dating the woman for a couple of months after being released on licence from prison for other serious, violent offences.He smashed the head of one teen into the wall before choking the other until she was unconscious
Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that Hall banged one girl’s head against the wall, then grabbed the other and choked her unconscious.
He also punched her repeatedly in the face, stamped on her face and she later recalled choking on blood.
Hall broke her eye socket, nose and arm, and a consultant later said she had too many injuries to count.
The other 13-year-old was also knocked unconscious and she later recalled Hall dragging her upstairs by the hair.
Another child witnessed the scene and ran home hysterically to raise the alarm, telling her mother “there’s blood everywhere”, the court heard.
Each of his victims had statements read for them in court which detailed their ongoing trauma.
One girl said: “I look in the mirror and I think I just don’t recognise myself.”
The other said: “I cannot remember everything. I think it would be better if I had remembered, it bothers me.”
His now ex-partner added: “I cannot begin to imagine how frightened they must have been when they went through what happened to them.”
Hall admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and one of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
His barrister, John Turner, said Hall could not remember the incident but has expressed remorse.
Recorder Jo Kidd dismissed the defendant’s claims of remorse and said that following his release from prison in May 2021, he was a “ticking time bomb”.
She said the attack was unprovoked, on children and was “grave and gross”.
She added: “Your relative size and weight by comparison to these children cannot be under-estimated.
“In light of your previous conviction for manslaughter, where you killed a man by punching and kicking, you should have been only too aware of the risk you posed to anybody, but particularly children, if you chose to behave in that way again.”
She sentenced him to life in prison with a minimum of eight years inside before he can apply for parole and imposed an indefinite restraining order regarding his victims.